Archive for April, 2015

'Avengers' Franchise Sets Pre-Booking Milestone

Advance hype for the Hollywood blockbuster “Avengers: Age of Ultron” that brought several of the franchise’s stars and the director to Korea seems to be bearing fruit.

According to the Korean Film Council, 93.6 percent of pre-booked cinema tickets were for the sequel to the superhero film … …read more

New Anti-Superbug Drug Approved by Health Authorities

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The South Korean health authorities have approved a domestically developed new drug that fights …

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Italy, Greece Straining Under Influx of Migrants

Conflict and poverty in Africa and the Middle East and other parts of the world are creating waves of refuges, ready to risk their lives to escape misery.

Europe has been flooded with migrants and this year the number is expected to top last year’s 170,000. More than 10,000 people arr… …read more

Minister Voices Hope on Inter-Korean Ties After April

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Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo has expressed hope regarding inter-Korean …

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Conflict Marks 1st Anniversary of Ferry Disaster

People lined up for hundreds of meters in front of a memorial altar in Ansan south of Seoul to pay tribute to the victims of the last year’s ferry disaster on Thursday, the first anniversary of the tragedy.

But the families of the victims canceled a scheduled memorial service in protest a… …read more

Prosecutors to Question Associates of Sung Woan-jong

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Prosecutors investigating the so-called “Sung Woan-jong list” plan to question associates of the late businessman beginning Friday.

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Park Open to Independent Council Probe on Sung's List

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President Park Geun-hye appears to be considering an independent counsel to get to the bottom of …

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Have We Learned Nothing from the Ferry Disaster?

Thursday marks the first anniversary of the ferry disaster off the southwest coast that killed 304 people. The tragedy still evokes strong emotions among Koreans.

If the disaster had spurred genuine change in public regard for safety perhaps the victims’ souls could rest in peace. And to b… …read more

Teachers' Union Calls for Investigation into Sewol Disaster

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A teachers union has issued a statement calling for an investigation into the Sewol ferry disaster …

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PM Denies Receiving Illicit Political Funds

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On the first day of the National Assembly’s four-day interpellation session, lawmakers focused on …

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Scrapping of Adultery Law Lets 1,770 Off the Hook

Some 1,770 people charged under a draconian adultery law that was struck down last month can breathe a sigh of relief.

The Supreme Public Prosecutors’ Office on Sunday said 598 ongoing adultery investigations have been mothballed.

Another 335 people already on trial have had their… …read more

Former Ambassador Attempted to Invite Kim Jung-un to US

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A former U.S. ambassador to South Korea says attempts to invite Kim Jong Un to the U.S. while his father was still in power failed due to opposition from Republicans.

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Reports: Hillary Clinton to Announce Presidential Bid Sunday

U.S. media reports say Hillary Clinton will formally announce Sunday her intention to run for president in the 2016 election.

The former secretary of state will announce her campaign for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination with an online video posted on social media, sources fam… …read more

Park and Carter Stress Steadfast Alliance is Key N. Korea Strategy

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President Park Geun-hye has said that gaining victory by default through a steadfast alliance …

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Prosecution Vows to Continue Corruption Probe of Energy Projects

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The prosecution has vowed to be steadfast in its investigation to fight corruption including …

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1st Time Flyer Pulls Emergency Exit Lever on Plane

An elderly passenger flying for the first time accidentally pulled the emergency exit lever on a plane, causing the inflatable slide to unfold and resulting in a two-hour delay.

The incident happened aboard an Air Busan plane on Wednesday as it was preparing to take off from Gimhae Airport… …read more

'THAAD Not on Agenda for S.Korea-US Defense Chiefs' Talks'

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South Korea’s Defense Ministry has reaffirmed that the possible deployment of the Terminal High …

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Gov't Mulls Research Lab to Help People Quit Smoking

A government-run laboratory to research the effects on human health of cigarette smoking will be set up sometime in the second half of this year, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said Tuesday.

The lab will conduct research as part of efforts to discourage smoking and prevent smoking-rela… …read more

N. Korea Gives Positive Response to Call for Efforts on Wage Issue

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North Korea has responded positively to calls from South Korean businessmen regarding …

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French Court Blocks Extradition of Ferry Owner's Daughter

The French supreme court last week threw out an earlier ruling that ordered the extradition of Yoo Sum-na, the daughter of ferry owner Yoo Byung-eon.

AFP reported that the ruling means only that the Korean government’s extradition request should be reconsidered by a lower court.

A… …read more